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Information and Communication Technology Underdeveloped in Iran

Tehran, March 14, Taliya News - Iran is among most underdeveloped countries in terms of information and communication technology and the only way to solve this problem is to get rid of the ruling state management over this technology and to move to private management system.

Head of the Private Sector Postpaid Phone Operators Syndicate, Mohammad Khajou'ie, made the comment in an interview with Taliya News here Sunday, adding, "The growth of private mobile phone operators in the country is a positive development."

He said, "The Radio Communications & Regulations Organization (RCRO) has begun establishing a good relationship with the private sector involved in stationary phone business and the present day problem in that sector is international relations and infrastructure facilities."

He stressed that the ICT's Infrastructure Company does not have a proper and clear understanding of the private sector operators, reiterating, "If the private sector stationary phone operators' problems with the provincial TCI companies and the Infrastructure Company would be solved that sector would meet all its executive commitments during the course of the next year."

Dr. Khajou'ie referring to the Supreme Leader's state order for implementation of the Constitutional Article 44, as well as the national economy's move towards privatization, said, "These are positive developments and we would witness good growth of the private sector next year, hopefully, in ICT field."

Head of the Private Sector Postpaid Phone Operators Syndicate of the country considered the atmosphere of telecommunications in the country quite ripe for yielding to "privatization.

The Managing Director of Zoha Kish Company referring to the installment and putting to use of 50,000 stationary phone lines by that company, adding, "During the course of the past three years we had not managed to install even half of that amount, but in second half of the current year we had a long stride forward."

He said, "Under the current conditions the installment and putting to use of stationary phone lines on the one hand and attraction of new clients on the other hand are the two major problems with which the private sector is entangled and the progress is very slow and in need of culture building."

Khajou'ie added, "Culturally, we need to change the mentality of the people and particularly that of the provincial TCI managers."

He said, "Presently the provincial TCI managers are neither mentally, nor scientifically fit for the acceptance of the private sector in ICT field, and therefore, some of them knowingly, and some unknowingly crate obstacles for this sector.

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